The Ink Bin are thrilled to have teamed up with Clacton-based charity Citizens Advice Tendring to collect, recycle and refill home-use printer cartridges for fundraising. An ink cartridge takes up to 1000 years to break down in landfill, but some of these can actually be refilled and are thus worth up to £1.10 each.
Citizens Advice Tendring is a small charity that provides information and advice to help people resolve the problems and difficulties that they may face. Citizens Advice has been serving the Tendring District since 1965 when the Clacton on Sea office opened. The Harwich service began in 1975 and the two merged in 1998 to become Citizens Advice Tendring.
The charity gives free and independent advice in areas such as welfare benefits, employment, relationships & family and housing. They also offer specialist debt advice and operate a nationally recognised Mental Health Hub providing mental health support. The service is run by a mixture of paid staff and volunteers working under the guidance of a board of trustees.
Citizens Advice Tendring is a member of the national Citizens Advice charity who provide them with services, resources and support but as an independent charity, they’re responsible for running their own affairs within agreed standards.
Citizens Advice Tendring usually operates face-to-face with clients at various locations in the Tendring district. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that the service is currently being delivered by phone and email. During this testing period, over 5,500 people have been helped with over 11,000 issues.
Please do save up your empty ink cartridges from your home printers. They can be dropped off with the charity through their Charity Shop in Clacton once it reopens!